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What fraction of a capital investment is sunk costs?
2000 (English)In: Journal of Industrial Economics, ISSN 0022-1821, E-ISSN 1467-6451, Vol. 48, no 3, 287-304 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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To what extent are capital investments sunk costs? This question is addressed by examining the salvage values of discarded metalworking machinery. Even though such assets are expected to be non-specific, many discarded assets are scrapped rather than sold on second-hand markets. Econometric results suggest that firms can only expect to get back 20-50 percent of the initial price of a 'new' machine once it is installed. The results also indicate differences in value-age profiles across firms, but provide only weak support for the hypothesis that salvage values are particularly low during recessions.

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2000. Vol. 48, no 3, 287-304 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20051ISI: 000089452400003OAI: diva2:338744
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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